Last week, the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations approved language which demonstrated strong support for both expanded learning time and for giving local education leaders the flexibility to choose the best strategy to meet the needs of their students, whether that be expanded learning time, after school programming, summer learning opportunities, and/or a combination of these strategies.

The Time to Succeed Coalition is a broad and diverse coalition working to ensure that all children in our nation’s high-poverty communities have more and better learning time in school to prepare them for success. We are grateful to Subcommittee Chairman Senator Tom Harkin for his leadership and ongoing support of expanding learning time.

This news represents encouraging progress, but it marks just one step in the long federal appropriations process.  We will keep you up to date with opportunities to take action and support expanding learning time in your community, your state, and across our nation.

Note: An earlier version of this post attributed the vote to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee; this was incorrect.  We apologize for the error.